ROTHERHAM United are handing trial chances to two young players as they count down to the start of their League One campaign.
Fulham right-back Marlon Fossey was set to join them for training yesterday (Wednesday) and is scheduled to play in tomorrow night’s home friendly with Middlesbrough.
Huddersfield Town midfielder Matt Daly came on as a substitute in Tuesday’s draw with Newcastle United at AESSEAL New York Stadium and Millers manager Paul Warne, planning for August 7 opening day, wants to take a second look at him against Boro if the 20-year-old has recovered from a knock.
Daly made five Championship appearances for the Terriers last season.
“It was a conversation we had with Huddersfield, the kind of conversation we have all the time with a lot of clubs,” Warne said.
“It’s an opportunity for him to come in and train and play. It was a no-brainer for us. We’re low on bodies, and it’s a good chance for him. If he impresses us, there is an opportunity of a contract. Hopefully I can get him on the pitch against Middlesbrough.”
Matt Daly. Picture: htafc.com
American Fossey, aged 22, hasn’t played for Fulham’s first team and was on loan last season at Shrewsbury Town.
“He’ll train with us and play the game on Friday,” Warne said. “We’ll see how we get on. It’s a good way for us to see them and for them to see us.”
Meanwhile, the manager spoke of his disappointment at seeing last year’s loan star, midfielder Lewis Wing, join derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long deal from Middlesbrough.
Rotherham simply couldn’t compete with the financial muscle at Hillsborough.
“I loved him,” Warne said. “He was the first player I tried to bring back. The lads loved him and he had a really good time here. He played really good football.
“I’d like to think it is pretty obvious why he hasn’t come back here.”